Katakana/Technical Assistance

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If you have read our article on Katakana, we can only assume that you are interested in seeing what the Katakana look like. Unfortunately, many web browsers and operating systems are not set up by default to render these characters properly. In futherance of our dedication to the enhancement of knowledge, we provide this forum for you to ask questions.

Below you will find several operating system and browser combinations. If you are having trouble, this is a good place to start. If the advice given doesn't work for you, leave a note with as many details as possible.

Remember, there are only volunteers here, so if you don't get an answer right away, don't get upset.


Hello, Jimbo Wales here. I'm a macho Linux guy, but at home, I'm almost ashamed to admit, I use a very girlie-girl pink iMac. Even worse, perhaps, I use it like a toaster oven, in the sense that I haven't bothered learning the least thing about the technical operation. I do enough computer geek stuff at work!

(I also do enough Wikipedia stuff at work, so what am I doing here at night? But that's another story for my next Wikipediaholics Anonymous meeting.)

I use Netscape as my browser, and my wife uses IE. We are running OS 8.6. What do we need to do to make the Katakana page render correctly. --Jimbo Wales